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Alabama DE on Texas A&M scoring 42: That really didn’t sit well with us

Texas A&M Aggies Johnny Manziel carries the ball as Alabama Crimson Tide C.J. Mosley and Ed Stinson pursue in their NCAA SEC game in College Station Reuters

Alabama’s defense has been the subject of some criticism after the showing they had last Saturday at Texas A&M. Johnny Manziel passed for a career high 464 yards and led the Aggies to score 42 points in a losing effort against the Crimson Tide. Despite winning the game, Alabama’s own defensive players know there is major room for improvement. Defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan suggested Alabama’s defense was not satisfied with their performance in the SEC opener for the two-time defending BCS champions.

“That really didn’t sit well with us,” Pagan said in a report by “As a defense we take pride in not giving up big plays and things like that. We definitely have to work and try and fix all those mistakes.”

Odds are Alabama will correct a number of their mistakes. If there is one thing that can be learned from watching a Nick Saban team over the years it is that mistakes rarely happen twice on the football field. Needless to say, Saban was not exactly thrilled with the defense either.

“We didn’t do a very good job of running schemes,” Saban said. “I think part of the problem, we played six in the box to stop the run and that really hurt us in the pass. When we played five in the box, we didn’t really stop the run. I thought that Ed (Stinson) and Jeoffrey Pagan did a good job and I thought that the other players made improvement.”

Playing in the Texas heat may have been a cause for some of the lag on defense. Chasing around a player like Manziel and others in the heat in the middle of the afternoon in Texas requires outstanding conditioning. Not that Alabama players were not conditioned well enough, but it can be rough on any defense going up against an offense like Texas A&M’s in that type of environment.

“I do think we ran out of gas a little bit at the end of the game, especially in our ability to rush, which is understandable,” Saban said. “It was a hot day, a lot of guys got IVs at halftime.”

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20 Responses to “Alabama DE on Texas A&M scoring 42: That really didn’t sit well with us”
  1. normtide says: Sep 19, 2013 9:02 PM

    Not complaining, but that isn’t really a newsflash. Any defense with pride would be upset. Also, is pretty hot and humid is Alabama as well. The fact is, Johnny Football is an awesome athlete. That said, Evans probably made much of the damage possible. That guy is a beast.

  2. texasbornlsufan says: Sep 19, 2013 9:05 PM

    Poor babies!!!! They let the Texas heat get to them? Wait till the Tigers take them to the wood shed!!!!!

  3. bamafan36 says: Sep 19, 2013 9:37 PM

    We went on a 35 point run, only to let Johnny Moneybags back in the game. This D is not last years. We are struggling to find shut down corners. Heck….I would settle for decent coverage guys on the corner. I think our safety’s are two of the best in the business, but, that just won’t be good enough. With that said, the gameplan against Johnny Moneybags only comes once a year.

    LoSerU needs to make sure they have their RB’s out of jail for the showdown in TitleTown. Otherwise, it will be fairly simple to contain Chester Mettenberger. And, we will put up 45 on the Tyguh’s. Their D is in worse shape than ours.

  4. be4bama says: Sep 19, 2013 10:36 PM

    I agree the D needs to step it up. But there’s no comparing LSU’s D to BAMA’s. The BAMA D was good enough to beat Johnny and that’s all that matters.
    Johnny be good, but BAMA be better.
    I’m thinking Johnny will put up +60 on LSU.

  5. Deb says: Sep 19, 2013 11:37 PM

    Glad to hear it. That’s exactly how the defense should feel.

    And texasbornlsufan, saying it was a hot day and the players needed fluids isn’t the same as saying they couldn’t take the heat. Tuscaloosa is oppressive in the summer. Bama did win the game, dimwit.

  6. texasbornlsufan says: Sep 20, 2013 6:30 AM

    Mission accomplished!!! You Bama fans need to get a little fire under your butt!!!! LOL

  7. 1historian says: Sep 20, 2013 7:11 AM

    An ugly win like this early in the season is a good wakeup call. ‘Bama has a cupcake schedule until LSU to get their act together and you can bet they will.

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 20, 2013 9:44 AM

    I personally feel that the game was not as close as the score. Bama got a little conservative with the big lead and let A&M back in.

    There is no denying that Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans are sensational players and carved up the Bama D, but had that game not gotten out of hand early, I think the Bama D would have clamped down much harder. Classic case of “We got this in the bag, lets mail it in the rest of the way”

    Bama won’t see an offense like that again until the NCG if they meet Oregon. I might worry a bit if I were a Bama fan. The Ducks’ offense is just as good if not better than A&M’s and they actually have a D1 level defense unlike the FCS defense we trotted out last week.

  9. nawlinssaints1956 says: Sep 20, 2013 11:09 AM

    I have always had the mindset that teams should focus on this week’s game; fans like to look ahead. All I care about is Auburn; Bama and A&M can wait until November. That being said, a couple of observations – last year it only took Chief about 1.5 quarters to get LSU’s D in position to stop Johnny. It looks to me like the Gumps D is a bit slower than last year. Don’t worry about the Fighting Tigers just yet; I would focus on Ole Miss…

  10. normtide says: Sep 20, 2013 11:15 AM

    Her nawlins, how well did the coon-asses adjust to Bama last year? Worry about yours, we will worry about ours.

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 20, 2013 11:56 AM

    nawlinssaints1956 says:
    Sep 20, 2013 11:09 AM

    I would focus on Ole Miss…

    And forget about the trap game of Colorado St.?

  12. nawlinssaints1956 says: Sep 20, 2013 1:16 PM

    Norm, after last week you have every right to be worried about your squad…

  13. normtide says: Sep 20, 2013 1:22 PM

    I suppose that banner win over UAB has your confidence soaring? After last year, you have every reason to worry about your QB and defense, in big games

  14. texasbornlsufan says: Sep 20, 2013 2:11 PM

    @ bamafan36

    I will get our RB’s out of jail but be sure your guys bring there W9’s!

  15. normtide says: Sep 20, 2013 2:14 PM

    Texasborn- lmao. Now that’s awesome. Cheers to you

  16. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 20, 2013 2:15 PM

    I’m not sure anybody knows yet how good LSU’s D is but Mettenberger looks much improved this year.

    That said, he hasn’t exactly been playing world beaters yet.

  17. bamafan36 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:57 PM

    TejasbornLoSerUfan: *Their*. Just sayin’.

    Our guys needing W-9’s, is alleged. Your RB’s going to jail after fights, is a matter of public record.

  18. Deb says: Sep 20, 2013 3:32 PM

    texasbornlsufan says:

    Mission accomplished!!! You Bama fans need to get a little fire under your butt!!!! LOL

    Have to admit that was funny :)

  19. nawlinssaints1956 says: Sep 20, 2013 7:10 PM

    One week at a time kids; looking to far into the future is why they are called trap games. I am cautiously optimistic on both my squads this year; after losing 10 players to the draft; the Fighting Tigers continue to reload. Mett had stepped up his game under Cam, but the real season begins tomorrow. The Saints look solid after two games, and Drew is not yet in his usual groove…

  20. Deb says: Sep 20, 2013 11:49 PM

    @nawlinssaints1956 …

    I’m cautiously optimistic about the Tide. As for my other team, the Steelers … I’m cautiously optimistic about the Tide.

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